UK Environment Minister Tells Bush to Face Up to Global Warming

The environment secretary, Margaret Beckett, says Washington is not doing enough to help the fight against global warming.

Published: 28-May-2005

Margaret Beckett today urges the Bush administration to accept that the "incontrovertible" weight of scientific evidence on the dangers of global warming is stimulating an urgent worldwide dialogue that the US must seriously engage with - or risk being left out.

But she also admits that Britain itself has much to do to meet the "self-inflicted wounds of our more ambitious domestic target", a 20% cut in greenhouse gases by 2020.

Renewable energy, notably wind power, and greater energy efficiency - "we have not done enough with households" - are her priority, not a new generation of nuclear power stations.

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